Undertaker Planning to Wrestle at WrestleMania 32 and WWE Management Cooled on Sting

The following was reported by Mike Johnson from PWInsider.com:

“The Undertaker was telling those backstage after his match with Bray Wyatt that
he felt great and intended to work next year’s Wrestlemania in Dallas, Texas.

Given how strong Taker looked in the ring and how well he was moving around
before and after the show, a lot of people noted that he really must have been
concussed far worse than anyone really understood the year before against Brock

Undertaker shared a locker room backstage with Sting and the two actually
shared the same flight back to Texas. There was a lot of “if we do this” talk
between the two about a potential match. The original idea when Sting came in
was to eventually lead to the Undertaker bout at a Wrestlemania, although WWE
management has cooled on long-term plans for the former WCW World champion.”


How to Order Wrestle Kingdom 9 on NJPW World

Less than 10 hours away from the biggest show of the year. The Tokyo Dome is apparently sold out, which means over 60,000 in attendance, their biggest crowd in a decade. The main event, IC title match, and NEVER Openweight title match in particular look incredibly strong. Lots of North American talent all over the card including AJ Styles, Shelton Benjamin, Young Bucks, reDRagon, Alex Shelley, Davey Boy Smith Jr, Jeff Jarrett, Karl Anderson, and more. The best part? It’s only 999 yen, which is only about 8 DOLLARS~!

The homeboy, puro historian and tape trader Roy Lucier has put together a video on how to order the NJPW network. It only took me about 3 or 4 minutes, following the video. Not only do you get tonight’s gigantic PPV, also this week you would get the Kōrakuen Hall show, and two NJPW/CMLL shows later this month… for only 8 dollars and some change. Tonight’s show is a CAN’T MISS. Enjoy…

Wrestle Mania XXIX Prop Bets

I was listening to a local Boston area sports radio show earlier tonight on my way home from work. It is always entertaining to listen to legitimate sports media personalities discuss wrestling. To listen to these wonks, wrestling requires precisely no talent and no athleticism, and their purpose in covering Wrestle Mania once a year is simply to mock what they don’t understand. But the sports radio jocks I was listening to, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti (a paisan!) were not discussing the relative merits of the matches. No, they were discussing Mania prop bets. And I must admit, scouring the net for them a few minutes ago, they are pretty good. Here are some of the best (or worst):

Match: Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins
-Match time: Over/Under (O/U) 5:00
-Will Tons of Funk and company’s entrance include excessive dancing?

Seriously? People are betting on this s---? What a world we live in. For the record, Tons of Funk wins in a match lasting less than five minutes with the intros taking longer than the match. And, yes, excessive dancing abounds.

Match: Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
-Match time O/U: 7 minutes
-Number of times Fandango says his name: O/U 5.5

Fandango wins this match. I am not throwing in the odds of guys winning matches in a fixed event because that is just silly. At least to me. The match gets more than seven minutes, as Jericho is on a hot streak right now and is being trusted to put Fandango over as a credible mid card act. And Fandango -5.5? Take the over there folks. He’ll be screaming his own name worse than me mid coitus.

Match: WWE Tag Team Titles: Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
-AJ Lee distraction is instrumental in the finish: Yay or nay
-Match time: O/U 7:30

This match is the definition of filler. I love Ziggs and D Bry, but this is going way under that 7:30 mark. Safest bet of the show. And AJ Lee being a distraction? That is for f------ certain. The guys in Vegas don’t watch wrestling too much obviously.

Match: Ryback vs. Mark Henry
-Match time O/U: 9:00
-Ryback botches Shellshock: Y/N
-Ryback successfully performs Shellshock: Y/N

This match is the $64,000 question of this event. The house show reports have not been positive. I think Ryback wins here, botches one Shellshock, but eventually nails it the second time. Henry will do his damndest, and Ryback will experience a type of adrenaline his green ass has never experience. And Vince will give this ten minutes at least, so over on match time.

Match: IC Title: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

No bets needed. Pre show fodder. Plus, Miz sucks. F--- him. Get Barrett away from this loser.

Match: Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus vs. The Shield
-Match time: O/U 12 minutes
-Orton, Sheamus and Show lose via team discord: Y/N
-Orton turns heel: Y/N
-Show reverts back to heel: Y/N

I added that last one. The Shield wins this thing. No doubt in my mind. Here is the thing: If Orton turns here and hands the match to Shield, there is no chance of Cena turning in the Main. No chance in hell. So this match will be the tell tale sign for the whole upper card of the event. I expect Shield to win after Sheamus accidentally nudges Show, which Show responds to with a KO (worst finisher ever) punch. Shield is so well booked right now that it would be a travesty to halt the momentum now.

Match: World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
-Chances anyone besides Vince McMahon gives a s--- about this match: 0%

I mean…

-Match time: O/U 12:30
-Ricardo vs Dutch happens at ringside: Y/N
-Del Rio drives into Mania: Y/N
-Car Del Rio drives into Mania: greater or less than $200,000.
-Outside interference: Y/N

I could care less about this crap. And that is what this angle has been: WrestleCrap. The match will get about 11 minutes, so I am going under there. Ricardo and Dutch Mantel will get into it on the outside and will be the impetus for the finish. Del Rio will NOT drive a car into the arena, as it goes against the humble babyface image he has been fishing for the last few months. If Alberto really wants to embody that humble face image, he drives a 1995 Mercury Topaz to the ring. And Alberto wins after Vince tells him to fully “spic it up.” As an Italian, that last sentence pained me. And outside interference? No doubt in this abortion of a Mania match. Ugh. Let us just move on…

Match: HHH vs. Brock Lesnar

This is a prop bet that is made in general for any WWE show over the last 15 or so years. The bet does not apply to any singular match, but, as a wrestling fan, I know where my bread is buttered, so this is the match where this bet becomes applicable:

-Chances of the Spanish Announce Table remaining intact throughout the event (50-1)

One of these guys is getting spinebustered through that table. HHH needs all the gimmicks he can get at this point. Brock had a great match with Cena last year with some gimmicks, but Brock-H at SummerSlam was kind of flat. Look for none of that here.

-Match time O/U 20:00

Oh this one is going that twenty minutes. Its HHH and the man the fans most want to see, Brock Lesnar.

-Number of times the sledgehammer is used: 3.5

Over. That puppy is going to get a workout here.

-HBK Sweet Chin Music on Brock

Yes. At least once, and leading to the finish.

Match: Undertaker vs CM Punk
-Length of Taker’s entrance: O/U 4:30
-Punk hitting a tombstone
-Heyman interference. 2/1
-Finishers used: 10

Taker’s entrance will take ten years. We all know that. OVER. Punk is not HHH or HBK, so the tombstone is out of question. Punk WILL use Hell’s Gates and Taker WILL use the GTS and Anaconda Vice, so gotta go over on the finishers. Heyman will get his ass beat in the match, no doubt, for the disrespect of Paul Bearer. In an upset, Undertaker wins.

Match: WWE Championship: Rock vs John Cena

I could go with finishing sequences or prop bets here, but I am not. This is a big match, despite what people may think. And this is my feel on the whole scenario: Cena is going heel here (unless Orton does earlier in the card). Cena wins, we all know that. We all know they will go through about six finishing sequences. Rock WILL lay down here. If the heel turn doesn’t happen this night, it never will. I just feel it in my bones.

And that, kids, is the Mania prop bet rant. Please comment with non Vegas prop bets below.

Wrestle War 90

Reading your GAB 90 review last week got me to wonder what was the original plan for WrestleWar 90 and the rest of the summer had Sting not injured his knee at the clash. The original lineup for WW 90 had Flair vs Sting, and Luger vs Dr. Death. Would Sting have gone over here or would they have done a screw job finish and saved the title change for the Bash? Was Dr. Death going to receive a singles push or was he just next in line for Luger? Would Luger still have turned face or remained heel?

I'm sure we all would have just let it play out and see where it went.  
Anyway, the only way that Sting was not going to walk out of that show with the belt was if he suffered a crippling knee injury the week before, and that's exactly what happened.  Otherwise they wanted that belt off Flair ASAP and Sting was getting it no matter what.  Luger was definitely going to remain a heel, probably in a program with Sting.  I mean clearly there's no way to know for sure given the volatile nature of everything going on, but Luger v. Sting at the Bash seems like a fair bet.  Doc was just a cheap talent brought in by Ole to do a job and go back to Japan and there was no plan for him to do anything past that that I'm aware of.  To this day I'm shocked they convinced Stan Hansen to come in and do a job for Luger as it is.